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Why Rent a Room when You Can Rent a Canyon?

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Last updated: 05/25/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Moab house description

Los Vados Canyon House is unique in the Moab area: an elegant, intimate creekside home in the desert; a remote place of solitude with many of the comforts of home. A place where you can - literally from the door - mountain bike, hike and explore petroglyphs. Or simply unwind by the pool.

Just 15 miles from the town of Moab, Utah, Los Vados Canyon House is next to a creek flowing year-round through a spectacular red rock canyon. Los Vados, 'the crossings,' refers to the three creek fords required to reach this end-of-the-road retreat.

Los Vados Canyon House is an intimate 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home surrounded by thousands of acres of untouched red rock cliffs and mesas. Our seven acres sits at the end of a canyon that contains only one other home - a mile away. No road goes through the Los Vados property, though a small herd of cattle amble through twice a year on their way to and from grazing land. To reach Los Vados, you must pass through two locked ranch gates and cross Mill Creek, the only creek in the area running year-round. This (as well as the dirt road leading through the canyon) requires a 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle.

Designed by a San Francisco architect and designer and completed in 1998, Los Vados Canyon House is one of only two houses in Utah included in Weekend Houses (Chronicle Books, 2000), which features beautifully designed weekend homes throughout the U.S.

IMPORTANT TO READ PRIOR TO INQUIRY: Three night minimum even if calendar shows fewer days available. Check in is between 4 and 4:30 p.m.; late arrivals cannot be accommodated. No children under 10 years, and those over 10 must be able swimmers. A 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicle is a must. No pets except service dogs. House accommodates 4 guests, tent cabin 2 additional guests (it has no heat). No smoking in the house. No discharging of firearms on property. No open fires. (House has two fireplaces and BBQ.) No off-roading in canyon. Home and canyon are off grid and do not have reliable cell service. Nearest reliable cell service is 10 minute drive. No discounts. Canyon is full of critters. If you have never been off road and off the grid and in nature, this is probably not a good place to start. Please see our website's online calendar for

Keywords: House

Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Not Suitable For Children:

            Unfenced pool, patio without rails and drop-offs into cactus, fast moving creek, fire-starters, heavy objects on shelves, etc....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed:

            Trained service animals allowed....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            10 years. Must be swimmers....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1


          • Bedroom 2


          • Detached Unit


          • The master bedroom has one queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom and the tent cabin each have a pair of twin-sized beds that can be used as twins or made up as a king (i.e., pushed together with a foam 'bridge' between them, as you often find in hotels in Europe). ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Coffee Maker:

            Stove top espresso pot, percolator, and small espresso machine. Filters and holder for individual serving drip coffee....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Salt and pepper, random spices left behind by guests, olive oil and balsamic vinegar....moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining area off kitchen seats 4; outdoor dining table seats 6. ...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Dishes, barware, cooking pots and pans. ...moreless

          • Toaster
          • Refrigerator
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Seating for 6 people


          • Clothes Dryer:

            The house is off the grid and uses solar power, so energy conservation is often required. We have a clothesline if you prefer....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            Swamp cooler. We turn it on approximately mid-June. It is not an air conditioner and does not deliver hotel-type cold air. ...moreless

          • Living Room:

            We limit occupancy to 6 because this is a cozy small home. If it's cold out, 6 in the living room can be a squeeze....moreless

          • Fireplace:

            We have a fireplace in the living room and on the outdoor patio. No other fires or open flames permitted. ...moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            The house is off the grid and on a well. Not all water sources can be running at once....moreless

          • Heating:

            Radiant heating in floor and a pellet stove in master bedroom....moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Parking Off Street
          • Wood Fireplace
          • Towels Provided

          Other Amenities

              • To city folk: Our home is off the grid. There are certain outdoor skills needed for a comfortable and safe stay. For example, you need to be able to drive on a dirt road, through creeks, and be able to find your way without signs and GPS. (The caretaker will show you into the property when you first arrive.) You need to know about not crossing high water in a car. You need to know about what to do if you encounter an animal or bugs. Although you will generally enjoy solitude, a maintenance or service person may have to make a call during your stay or a rancher or hiker may come through. We will try to notify you in advance of workers, but there is no reliable cell/email service in the canyon. You may have to conserve energy and understand instructions for a pellet stove, swamp cooler, and resetting the generator if needed. Rarely there is a flash flood and you have to wait it out inside or (this has happened twice in 10 years), wait it out on higher ground...moreless


              • Books:

                Great selection of books. Owner a former publisher ......moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Seems most of our DVDs and videos are classics ......moreless

              • Music Library
              • Stereo
              • Games
              • CD Player
              • Video Library
              • VCR


              • Mobile Phone:

                Cell phone service is spotty in the canyon but good about 10 minutes away. Verizon phones sometimes receive and send messages from the kitchen counter but don't count on it....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Spotty service at random places in canyon. Reliable service 10 minutes away at a cattle grate. Free internet is available in town, a 15-20 minute drive....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Some Verizon phones pick up service at the gate, a 5 minute walk away, and sometimes receive texts in the kitchen....moreless

              Pool & Spa

                  • Private Pool:

                    Unfenced, unheated. Children under 10 years old are not permitted and all guests must be able to swim. We open the pool in May depending on weather. We cannot guarantee the date it will be open....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Deck / Patio

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    One of only two homes (the other a mile away) in a private red rock desert canyon with a creek running through it. A 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is required to get to and from the home....moreless


                  • Restaurants
                  • Hiking
                  • Rafting
                  • Fishing
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Laundromat
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Swimming
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Cinemas
                  • Golf


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                  from 3 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  My Standard Rate
                  4 night min stay
                  $2,200 $8,000
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
                  • Tent Cabin Nightly $40 + tax
                  • Cleaning Fee $140 + tax
                  • Tax Rate 10.2%


                  Please note that 2015 rates will be $325 per night plus a cleaning fee.

                  Tent cabin rental is $40 (plus tax) per night for total number of nights you rent the house. The tent cabin is NOT rented out separately from the house.

                  $250 credit card deposit is required to hold the reservation. It is returned at the end of the month of your check out if the house and grounds are left in good condition. The nightly rate is due 60 days before arrival. See website for cancellation policy.

                  There is a 5% surcharge for credit card payments. We gladly accept your checks if you would like to defer this fee.

                  This owner accepts: Credit cards.
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                  Last updated: 05/25/2014
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                  Car: Necessary

                  It's just a short drive to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as well as State Parks and the National Forest.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2004

                  About the owner: Susan grew up in Utah, Dave in Arizona. We love the desert and its solitude and also having a lot of outdoor activities to do ... or not to do!

                  Why the Owner Chose Moab:
                  We fell in love with this house and canyon because of its spectacular setting: in a red-rock canyon, on a creek lined with cottonwood trees. It is quiet and tranquil, yet just minutes away from Moab, with its restaurants and shops, and close to Arches National Park and Canyonlands.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Tranquility: a place to relax, read and enjoy the stars, red-rock and petroglyphs, or to mountain bike, jeep and explore. (Biking and jeep trails are close by, outside this private canyon, which contains only one other house besides ours, a mile away.)

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                  Speaks: spanish, english



                  • Fall Colors

                    Fall Colors

                  • Lounge by the Creek

                    Lounge by the Creek

                  • Anasazi Rock Art

                    Anasazi Rock Art

                  • Enjoy a cool dip in the pool with a view!

                    Enjoy a cool dip in the pool with a view!

                  • Enjoy the evening by the fire in the outdoor veranda

                    Enjoy the evening by the fire in the outdoor veranda

                  • The canyon is beautiful year round.

                    The canyon is beautiful year round.

                  • Winter at Los Vados

                    Winter at Los Vados

                  • Veranda


                  • Private Canyon

                    Private Canyon

                  • Adventure close by!

                    Adventure close by!

                  • Year round creek runs through the canyon

                    Year round creek runs through the canyon

                  • The cottonwoods provide plenty of shade in the summer.

                    The cottonwoods provide plenty of shade in the summer.

                  • View of the back porch in fall.

                    View of the back porch in fall.

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                  This listing was first published here in 2008.

                  Date last modified - Saturday, June 21, 2014

                  $325 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 6

                  View calendar: Updated 05/25/14
                  Minimum stay: 4 nights
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